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Using Nokia Phone as a Modem to Browser Internet with Mac OS X Leopard (tethering) October 7, 2008

Posted by asimag in E71, MacBook Pro, N73, N95, N95 8GB, Nokia Symbian, OS X Leopard.

Update: July 2009

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Thank you


With Leopard My Nokia E71 and N95 some times tether correctly and often it does not work. It Connects and then suddenly Disconnects. The status in top bar continue to display Disconnecting…. until I boot it.

In the event of emergency when I wanted to connect my Mac OS X (Leopard) with Nokia to browser internet or check my emails, it often does not work.

So here is the simple solution:

As Leopard Default Nokia 3G/GPRS script does not work for me. It has problems. You need to download Ross Barkman’s Script from his site. Just scroll down to Nokia Section and download Nokia 3G (EDGE/UMTS) Script or click this link to download. Copy the script whole folder into your RootDrive>>Library>>Modem Scripts Folder.

Just pair you Nokia as usually you do from Bluetooth Icon in the top. Follow the instructions in Wizard and check both isync and use as a modem checkboxes.

When wizard finishes goto System Preferences>> Network >> Bluetooth (Select from Left).

Click on Advance. Click on Modem and then Select Vendor as Other.

In Model Select Nokia 3G CID1 script

Dial Mode should be Ignore Dial tone when dialing

Leave the all other settings as it is. Click OK to return to previous screen.

In telephone type your APN. I use warid. Also remember to put APN in your mobile Phone (Tools>>Settings>>Connection>>Packetdata>>Accesspoint). You can also check this site for Access Point Name.

Also check “show modem status in menu bar” and click apply.

Now you can connect with your mobile internet by clicking on telephone icon on top. No more problems for me.



1. Jerry Crockford - October 26, 2008


Thanks for that article. It works great.

Sometimes, (Camping on a weekend for example) I can’t easily get to a power source, and would prefer to connect my MacBook to my E71 via USB, so as to consume less power than by BlueTooth.

I got it to work.

But alas…

It only worked ONCE. 😦

A few days after setting it up, I tried again, but when I click on ‘connect’, the Mac tries briefly, then an INTERNET CONNECT alert appears on my Mac, saying “The selected communication device does not exist. Please verify your settings and try again.”


I tried the Nokia Multimedia Transfer software connected by USB, and the “Device Browser” works fine, so the E71 IS connected OK using PC Suite. But for some reason, the Mac can’t see the E71 and connect through it as the modem.

Weird? As I said, it did it just fine the other day.

I haven’t changed any settings from when it DID work, and being a tek-nik-kal dim-wit, I don’t want to try anything in case I stuff it up.

A couple of other clues…

1. It works fine when I connect via Bluetooth.
2 The drop down menu shows the E71 on the list, but it is GREY, so not available.

So how can it be that the E71 IS connected with PC Suite — but the ‘connect’ thingy in System Prefs > Network thinks it “does not exist”? If you have any thoughts, I really would appreciate it!



2. Menno - November 6, 2008

Thanks for the tip! I had the same problem with a Nokia N82 on Leopard. How can I use my data cable for tethering? That still doesn’t work.

3. Dale - December 16, 2008

That works great via bluetooth! Thanks

4. Ad - December 26, 2008

Thank you

5. Michael Tavernaro - July 16, 2009


I am trying to send a fax from my Macbook (10.5.7) via Nokia E71.
So far no success.

Do you have maybe an idea, how I could do it ?

Thanks very much.


6. Nuri - August 25, 2009

Thank you !..
It works for me too, via Bluetooth.

7. n - March 14, 2010

So where is this ‘telephone icon’ you refer to connect to the internet?

I can’t find it sorry.

8. Henk Poley - February 28, 2011

Snow Leopard keeps trying to add my N73 as a network interface. If I let it, it will add another interface whenever I plug it in.

Do you know how to disable the USB modem/networking on the phone itself? (or maybe in Snow Leopard)

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